Apex Magazine – Issue 35, April 2012
Edited by Lynne M. Thomas
Cover Artist: Raúl Cruz
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 26 April 2012
Here we have the Thirty-Fifth issue of Apex Magazine, with two new stories, a reprint, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Love is a Parasite Meme" by Lavie Tidhar. A man and a woman roam through Europe after, it seems, everyone else has died. We never get much explanation about it. They wander, talk about their past (and probably lie) and separate. A sad little story.
The other new story is "The Second Card of the Major Arcana" by Thoraiya Dyer. A strange woman walks out of the desert in Lebanon. She hides the strangeness of her body in robes and kills a young man who does not answer her question. She kills more people as she travels first to Chtaura, and then to Beirut, killing people who do not answer her riddles. She finally confronts the priest who awakened her and her true leonine, question-asking form is revealed. She finally finds something that can answer all her riddles. An interesting tale.
The reprinted story is "Alternate Girl's Expatriate Life" by Rochita Loenen-Tuiz, which originally appeared in the Jul-Aug 2010 issue of Interzone. This is what I said about the story back then: In the biographical information to 'Alternate Girl's Expatriate Life', we are told that its author, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, is a native Filipina living and working in the Netherlands. Her appreciation of the expatriate life makes for a very real story. It tells us about Alternate Girl, an expatriate living in a foreign land. The difference is her home is a place called Metal Town, run by someone called the Mechanic. Alternate Girl is a robot but she is not pleased with her life or what her future might be. Again, Interzone provides us with something very different and a very real and believable character. So, by all means, enjoy this story again!
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